By: Alex Clarke
The gun goes pop, as a number of 18 firearms went on record June 4, 2014. 2,212 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags in 2014, making it a 22 percent increase from 2013’s total of 1,813. That broke the 2013 record of 13. Of those firearms, 1,835 (83 percent) were found to be loaded.
When the security officers interact with nearly two million travelers, they have to ensure the safety and security of everyone around them. These airports cracked the top ten for gun catches in 2014:
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW): 120
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL): 109
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX): 78
- George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH): 77
- Denver International Airport (DEN): 70
- William P. Hobby Airport (HOU): 50
- Tampa International Airport (TPA): 49
- Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL): 49
- Nashville International Airport (BNA): 48
- Orlando International Airport (MCO): 47
Among what was discovered in carry-on bags included: a .22 caliber firearm at JFK International Airport, an assault rifle with three loaded magazines at the Dallas Love Field (DAL) checkpoint and a loaded folding-stock rifle at Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport. At LaGuardia Airport, a 94-year-old-man attempted to check enter the checkpoint with a .38 caliber revolver clipped to his belt.
In addition to the firearms that were discovered, more violence was triggered with the use of other deadly weapons. Such as an Mk 2 hand grenade that was discovered in a carry-on in Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and an avalanche control charge that was discovered in a carry-on bag at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC).
Other dangerous items included: fireworks making kits and black power pellets. Far more was discovered beyond what was reported.